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Ed Reed Signs With Athletes First Before End Of Tampering Window

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) has signed with Athletes First after going a while without representation.
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) has signed with Athletes First after going a while without representation.

Less than a year ago, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was called a terrible sports agent.  The joke was that he had been representing himself and making statements, especially on Twitter, which failed to cast a positive light on him and his situation in Baltimore.  However, the rumor, even a year ago, was that he was searching around for the right agent.

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, Reed has finally made a selection.  He has chosen David Dunn of Irvine, California-based Athletes First.

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Why Reed waited so long to make a decision is anybody’s guess.  For instance, if NFL teams heeded the league’s notice that, “If a player is self-represented, clubs are prohibited from discussions with the player during the negotiating period” (referencing the brief “tampering window,” which ends at 4 p.m. EST today), then Reed could not do himself any favors over the past few days.  That said, many agents believe the tampering window failed to provide much value.  Further, now that Reed has an agent, that agent can speak to teams in advance of the expiration of the window.

For what it is worth, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk says a Ed Reed may be headed to the San Francisco 49ers.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.